The $18.5 million parking structures that we bought for C.E. at crippling cost to the city.
SAVE THE CITY OF JACKSON - REPLACE THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE ALLOWED THE CITY MANAGER
TO TRAVEL HIS CHOSEN PATH WITHOUT REGARDS FOR THE CITY AND ITS CITIZENS.
WE ELECTED A NEW MAYOR AND 4TH WARD COUNCILPERSON BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH.
TWO TARGETS REMAIN: FROUNFELKER AND GREER.
You may wonder what this site is about
This page looks very busy with all the links. Rest assured that the information
contained herein and updated frequently is worth the read.
- The city failed to produce a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as required by statute until late
2015 in response to vocal criticism from this site and numerous citizens.
The final product, rushed out before the November election
contained serious errors as a result of this attempted deception.
The 2010 Comprehensive Plan
developed by the planning commission included an
describing the City of Jackson CIP. This is contrary to the claim of the city that the
requirement came into existence after the city Master Plan. This Comprehensive Plan CIP
was never implemented in 2010 as required and we went forward with unplanned projects
popping up on the whim of the city manager such as the Dig Downtown
project which is depleting the balance in the Water/Sewer and Street funds intended for
citywide infrastructure development and maintenance.
We now have a mayor and a few council persons who are familiar with an understand the requirements
of sound fiscal ,management. Unfortunately Dobies was reelected with the help of outside political
operatives from Ann Arbor and generous contributions form labor unions.
We won't forget the contributions to Dobies from political parties, the Chamber of Commerce and
various downtown business owners thrilled at the proposition that they were exempt from sewer,
water and road assessments for the Downtown Dig. We taxpayers in the rest of the city paid while these
folks enjoy the benefits thank to people like Dobies, Greer and Burtch.
Say NO to irresponsible politicians who have no self control when it comes to "free" money.
We need to take Frounfelker out at the next election and Greer out by April 1.
- Negotiation of give away agreements to Consumers Energy.
Some council members involved are still on council.
- Failure to renegotiate agreements with Consumers Energy whereby we pay $500,000
per year to provide CE with parking.
- Illegal meetings in violation of Open Meetings Act to payoff
city manager to leave using $64,000 in taxpayer funds. Greer and Dobies are still on council
- Hiring new City Manager Patrick Burtch without advertising position
nor placing the item on
public agenda before meeting.
- Pat Burtch's failure to develop a plan to fix our streets and failure to
protect the streets by cancelling the street sweeping/storm drain cleaning.
The new council needs to hold him accountable
- Misplaced Priorities - Parks Over Police. Continuous reduction in sworn
officers leads to
lack of police presence and increases in crime rates. Budget cuts have
reduced fire and police personnel over the years.
This needs to be turned around by responsible managers and council persons making sound decisions for citizens.
- More misplaced priorities. Next time your kids want to go swimming, explain how Dobies moved the
council to put his pet project "Disk Golf" over something that would benefit families and kids alike.
Proudly posted on the city website.
- Ella Sharp Pool set demolished.
After nearly 40 years, the Ella Sharp Pool facility is slated for demolition between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4.
Disc Golf Coming to Jackson!
The City of Jackson today announced a new partnership with the Kiwanis Foundation of Jackson to fund the
construction of the City of Jackson's first disc golf course to be located in Ella Sharp Park.
Dobies think "young professionals" will move to Jackson because of a Disc Golf Course. hat a fool.
- Exposure to liability for Storm Water lawsuit loss. City
gets to keep majority of illegally collected fees due to statute of limitations.
- Tried to impose a new tax to recover funds to pay back property owners for illegal storm water tax.
This was soundly rejected by the courts.
And again they try to
avoid paying back the illegally collected tax and are taken to task by the judge. Now the city is trying to
appeal the judges order to repay the city or
face $1000 per day fine. The city has
accumulated over $540,000 in attorney fees and is still fighting to
delay repayment of the remaining $470,000 owed to residents.
This is the Burtch, Dobies, Frounfelker and Greer legacy.
- Exposure to liability in Inspection Fee lawsuit and follow on class action.
Landlords tried to work with city to limit the negative effects of these excessive regulation to no avail.
Opponents spoke up at the council meeting but when Burtch tried to rebut what was said and landlords objected,
they were threatened with arrest.
Another Burtch, Dobies, Frounfelker and Greer legacy.
- Exposure to liability for tearing down homes after they were
purchased and partially rehabilitated. This was done on holidays to preclude injunctions.
Further Burtch, Dobies, Frounfelker and Greer legacy.
- Responsible for the decrease in property values associated with the widespread demolition of properties, loss of tax base for city and schools.
The massive demolition program is designed to reduce the housing stock for low and moderate income residents.
More of the Burtch, Dobies, Frounfelker and Greer legacy.
- Pat Burtch misrepresenting the effects of the housing demolition program on property values. Repeated misleading voters on the
programs effects in attempts to deflect criticism and keep this failed program in place.
- Burtch oversight of systematic falsification of inspection records of tax reverted properties to artificially inflate rehabilitation costs with the aim of discouraging investors.
- Burtch's questionable hiring practices and possible fraudulent use of federal CDBG funds to rehabilitate connected residents.
- Burtch's reckless use of federal taxpayer CDBG funds to build/rebuild parks and provide unwanted/fraudulent services while
the streets decay.
- Passage of an "Open Data" ordinance
to try to thwart the ability of citizens to get information through the FOIA.
99% of FOIA requests will not be addressed by the Open Data portal.
This is a program to avoid real transparency proposed by Dobies.
- Failure to enforce city requirements in local industries. This resulted in the
recent Grand River oil spill. DEQ finally enforced requirements for a containment wall
around outside chillers at Industrial Steel Treating.
- Failure to address long term under funded liabilities associated
with retirement and health care benefits for retired employees.
- Burtch never showing any concern over
spending taxpayer dollars on schemes to get face time for Dobies nor for creating a new position
called Public Information Officer (PIO) for Will Forgrave to fill and comment on MLive at a cost of
$55,000 of your hard earned money. See his comments in above linked article. Will the shill earned his
position with the city by defending the city against critical comments for years.
The city now has a Rumor Control web page where Forgrave posts misleading information to try to
discredit critical news sources.
Candidates are lining to oust those taking Jackson down the wrong path. We will need help
handing out literature and campaigning for those who will implement
the positive changes needed.
Help save Jackson by volunteering your time and effort.
Send an email to SupportChangeForJackson@jacksonrecall.com
We will be in contact soon
CANDIDATES & COUNCIL MEMBERS UP FOR ELECTION/REELECTION RESULTS 2015
- Martin Griffin for Mayor DEFEATED on November 3rd.
- Mayor Jason Smith - Withdrew from Mayoral Race
- Laura Schlecte Mayor and 4th Ward Write In DEFEATED on November 3rd
- Freddy Dancy 2nd Ward PUPPET ELECTED
- Melissa Morse 4th Ward DEFEATED November 3rd
- Derek Dobies 6th Ward THE JERK WON
Below is the debt service projection for the City of Jackson. Think we can afford over $6 million
in principal and interest payments in 2026?
How about $4 million in principal and interest next year?
Click below to download original document from city Dashboard.
The DDA/BRA TIF is the debt service for the funding of the $18.5 million parking structures that we bought for C.E.
and the other C.E. associated expenditures.